Bestselling author and biblical scholar Stephen J. Binz offers the first book to combine the ancient Western practice of lectio divina (sacred reading) with the lesser-known Eastern Orthodox tradition of visio divina (sacred seeing). Binz suggests a life-changing way to pray through twenty gospel readings paired with beautiful, never-before-published contemporary icons.
St. Benedict urged his followers to listen to God's Word "with the ear of the heart." Eastern Orthodox spiritual writers focused on gazing at icons, as St. Paul said, with "the eyes of the heart." Binz draws on the richness of both traditions by combining lectio and visio divina.
Contemplation is more difficult than ever during this digital age and Binz offers a proven and profound way to cut through the noise and pray the gospels. He will walk you through six steps: reading, seeing, meditating, praying, contemplating, and acting. Binz also provides simple suggestions for self-reflection that can lead to practical changes in your everyday life.
The book's twenty Bible passages--starting with the Annunciation and ending with Pentecost--are paired with full-color icons of each story. The original, never-before-published icons, written by Ruta and Kaspars Poikans, are displayed in the Unity Chapel at the Mary of Nazareth International Center in Israel.
Stephen J. Binz
Stephen J. Binz is an award-winning author of over 30 books, biblical scholar, popular speaker, and psychotherapist. His many books include the new series Ancient-Future Bible Study (Brazos Press), Lectio Divina Bible Study (OSV), Threshold Bible Study (Twenty-Third), and Conversing with God in Scripture series (Word Among Us). Following graduate degrees at the Gregorian University, the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, and Hebrew University in Jerusalem, he has developed Bible studies in the church for over two decades and has offered numerous study trips and pilgrimages to biblical lands. Binz speaks frequently at churches and national conferences in the area of biblical studies, Christian spirituality, and psycho-social personal development. He is a L.C.S.W. and holds an S.S.L. in biblical studies. He lives with his wife Pamela in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.